University of Zurich
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|University of Zurich|
|Latin: Universitas Turicensis|
|Budget||1.183 bn Swiss francs (US$1.284 bn)|
|President||Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer|
|Academic staff||3353 (2009) (Full-time equivalent)1|
|Undergraduates||12,186 + licentiate students (2009)|
|Postgraduates||6,042 + licentiate students (2009) 2|
|Location||Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
The University of Zurich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich), located in the city of Zurich, is the largest university in Switzerland, with over 25,000 students.3 It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy.
Currently, the university has faculties of arts, economics, law, medicine, science, theology and veterinary medicine. The university claims to offer the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.4
The University of Zurich was founded on April 29, 1833,5 when the existing colleges of theology (founded by Huldrych Zwingli in 1525), law and medicine were merged with a new faculty of Philosophy. It was the first university in Europe to be founded by the state rather than a monarch or church. The university allowed women to attend philosophy lectures from 1847, and admitted the first female doctoral student in 1866. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was added in 1901, the oldest such faculty in the world. In 1914, the university moved to new premises designed by the architect Karl Moser on Rämistrasse 71.6
The university is scattered all over the city of Zurich. There are several libraries available for use by members of the university, including the ETH-library, and the Zurich Central Library, with over 5 million volumes.7
The Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine is part of the university.8
Its best-performing faculties in terms of research quality are the Faculty of Economics (which is ranked Nº 1 in Europe)citation needed, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science, all of which rank in the top ten of Europe's universities.citation needed The University of Zurich as a whole also ranks in the top ten of Europe and in the top fifty worldwidecitation needed Notably in the fields of bioscience and finance, there is a close-knit collaboration between the University of Zurich and the ETH (Federal Institute for Technology, just across the road).citation needed
Video of the Economics Faculty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1nW-SVaT6w
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankingcitation needed (heavy emphasis on research output – citations, nobel prizes etc.)
- 53rd globally and 12th in Europe.
- 61st globally and 14th in Europe.
- QS World University Rankings 2011 10(in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings)
- 106th globally.
- Professional Ranking of World Universities11 (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
- 32nd globally and 10th in Europe.
- 52nd globally and 1st in Switzerland.
Bachelor courses are taught in Standard German ("Hochdeutsch"), but use of English is increasing in many faculties. All Master courses at the Faculty of Science are held in English. In some highly competitive and international programs, such as the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance, all lectures are held in English.
The university's Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) offers a wide range of sports facilities to students of the university.
- Jonas Furrer, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Joachim Heer, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Bernhard Hammer, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Adolf Deucher, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Ludwig Forrer, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Arthur Hoffmann, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Felix Calonder, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Robert Haab, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Heinrich Häberlin, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Albert Meyer, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Johannes Baumann, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Philipp Etter, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Ernst Wetter, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Walther Stampfli, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Max Petitpierre, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Willy Spühler, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Ernst Brugger, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Kurt Furgler, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Fritz Honegger, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Leon Schlumpf, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Alphons Egli, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Moritz Leuenberger, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Doris Leuthard, former President of the Swiss Confederation
- Klaus Tschütscher, former Head of Government of Liechtenstein as Prime Minister
- Carl Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss diplomat and historian
- Max Huber, Swiss lawyer and diplomat
- Cornelio Sommaruga, Swiss humanitarian, lawyer and diplomat
- Jakob Kellenberger, Swiss diplomat and the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross
- Eugen Huber, Swiss jurist and the creator of the Swiss Civil Code
- Daniel Thürer, Swiss jurist
- Elisabeth Kopp, Swiss politician and the first woman elected to the Swiss Federal Council
- Johann Jakob Blumer, Swiss statesman and historian
- Rosa Luxembourg, Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and activist of Polish Jewish descent
- Stephan Schmidheiny, Swiss businessman and billionaire
- Christoph Blocher, Swiss politician, industrialist and former member of the Swiss Federal Council
- Walter Haefner, businessman and a Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder in Ireland
- Peter Kurer, Swiss manager and lawyer
- Markus U. Diethelm, Swiss businessman and Group General Counsel at UBS AG
- Marc Faber, an investment analyst and entrepreneur
- Marcel Rohner (banker), Swiss businessman (UBS AG)
- Karl Brunner (economist), Swiss economist
- Bruno Frey, Swiss economist
- Raynold Kaufgetz, Swiss economist
|1901||Physics||Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen|
|1914||Physics||Max von Laue|
|1949||Medicine||Walter Rudolf Hess|
|1987||Physics||Karl Alex Müller|
|1996||Medicine||Rolf M. Zinkernagel|
- List of largest universities by enrollment in Switzerland
- List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)
- myScience.ch – The Swiss Portal for Research and Innovation
- Universität Zürich Personalstatistik 2009
- Universität Zürich Studierendenstatistik für Herbstsemester 2009
- "Studierende an den universitären Hochschulen: Basistabellen" (xls). Bundesamt für Statistik BFS. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
- "Profile: At a glance". University of Zurich. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
- "Dies academicus". University of Zurich. August 5, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- . University Zurich hosts several nobel price winners, such as Alber Einstein, Röntgen, etc. Ganz, Michael T.; Stucki, Heinzpeter (2008), History in brief, University of Zurich, retrieved January 31, 2010
- University of Zurich (April 4). Stadt Zürich (Map). 1:1000. http://www.plaene.uzh.ch/lageplaene/index.html#ankermap. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- Website of the Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine, University of Zurich
- "THES – QS World University Rankings 2009 – top universities". Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "The 377 leading higher education institutions in 2009". International Professional Ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Mines ParisTech. 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "URAP – University Ranking by Academic Performance". URAP. December, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
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- Information for prospective students
- Official homepage (German)
- Official homepage in English
- About the university (in German)
- About the University (in English)
- Union of students' associations of the University of Zurich
- The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities
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